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2013-10-16 11:28

Peugeot unveils a trio of newcomers at
Africa’s biggest motor show

o    Three new models showcased at continent’s biggest auto expo
o    2008 compact SUV opens new segment for Peugeot
o    Updated 3008 improves on an already successful package
o    Exciting RCZ-R Peugeot’s most powerful production car ever
o    Full range of Peugeot vehicles on display

Peugeot South Africa is revealng three all-new models at the Johannesburg International Motor Show - the 2008 compact crossover, an updated version of the 3008 MPV and the all-new high-performance RCZ-R coupé.

New Peugeot 2008

Launched in Europe earlier this year, the 2008 is a compact urban crossover that combines exciting styling, a surprisingly spacious and well-equipped cabin, and involving dynamics. At the same time, it also embraces the raised stance and robust character of an SUV, allowing for versatile application in a variety of conditions.

Despite measuring just 4,16 m long and 1,74 m wide, the 2008’s elevated stance endows it with a powerful, arresting presence. The styling details are a further interpretation of the latest Peugeot design language, introduced by the 208.

Inside, the use of generous glass areas underscores the spaciousness of the cabin, while unique ergonomics, premium finishes and brushed chrome accents all point towards a premium execution.

The two-tier instrument panel and small steering wheel, a design feature of all new-generation Peugeots, is also incorporated into the 2008’s interior execution, while a generous touch screen provides an intuitive interface for the infotainment system.

Under the skin, the 2008 combines its crossover stance with a finely tuned suspension to ensure hatchback-like ride and handling characteristics. Grip control and automated parking extend the talents of the 2008 even further.

The 2008 will be offered with a range of efficient petrol and diesel powertrains, combined with a choice of transmissions.
Updated Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 has become a popular option for South African motorists seeking a spacious crossover with agile, car-like road manners, and the ability to swap tar for dirt. The innovative people carrier has been substantially updated for the 2014 model year.

Most notable is the all-new front end styling, which swaps the large, ‘egg-crate’ grille for the sleeker, more sophisticated treatment introduced by the 208 and the latest RCZ coupé. Also new are the slim headlights with integrated daytime running lights, while the front apron features fog lamps with metal-highlighted surrounds.

The rear has also been spruced up, with revised LED-element tail light clusters, and a repositioned Peugeot logo, while the sills get a metallic accent strip to add further  visual appeal.

The cockpit retains its spacious execution and car-like ergonomic design, with a versatile seating arrangement that allows an infinite combination of passenger seating and cargo. New trim and materials, together with subtle LED ambient lighting, create an even more upmarket atmosphere.

The updated 3008 will go on sale in South Africa in early 2014. Exact technical specification, equipment levels and pricing will be announced at launch.

Peugeot RCZ-R

The new Peugeot RCZ-R is not only the most extreme expression of the RCZ coupé, but it also employs the most powerful version of the brand’s four-cylinder, 1,6-litre high-pressure turbocharged engine to date.

That said, the emphasis of the RCZ-R is not only on superior performance, but also on exceptional efficiency in the interests of excellent fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. The common denominator in achieving these seemingly disparate goals is the highly sophisticated, small-capacity powerplant at the heart of this hard-core coupé.

With a maximum output of 199 kW, the 1 598 cc unit achieves a specific power output of 124,5 kW/litre, which is not only a record in its class, but also makes the RCZ-R the most powerful production car Peugeot has ever produced. Torque output peaks at 330 Nm.

The RCZ-R looks the uncompromising sports car part, thanks to a lowered stance, special 19-inch alloy wheels, a large, fixed rear wing, and a revised rear diffuser. Bigger brakes and uprated callipers ensure that the stopping power matches the coupé’s urge.

The cockpit features a racier execution, with new, lightweight bucket seats trimmed in a mix of Nappa leather and Alcantara, with stitching in contrasting red. Full-house equipment levels and extensive active and safety features create a comfortable and secure ambience.

With a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5,9 sec and a top speed limited to 250 km/h, the RCZ-R proves that it can live up to its performance potential. The suspension has been fine-tuned with the assistance of Peugeot Sport test drivers, while a limited-slip differential augments traction and cornering.

Despite its performance credentials, the RCZ-R also scores high marks in the economy stakes. Combined-cycle fuel consumption is a frugal 6,3 litres/100km, with an accompanying CO2 emissions rating of jut 145 g/km.

The RCZ-R will be offered for sale in South Africa in limited numbers from the first half of next year.

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